Winter isn’t known as camping season, but just because the temperatures dip, it doesn’t mean you have to pack your tent away. If you’ve never gone camping in the winter, here are five reasons why you should this season.
1. Fewer Crowds
As previously said, winter isn’t exactly recognized as camping season, which works in your advantage. Fewer people go camping in winter, which means that if you do some research, you could probably find a spot to have all to yourself.
2. Winter IS Camping Season
Texas is where I grew up. We could only go camping in the winter without sweating all night. Check out desert spots for warm weather while the rest of the country is chilly.
3. You Don’t Need a Cooler
My cooler is fantastic. I have a YETI that keeps my food and beverages cold for days during the warmer months. As much as I like it, it’s not particularly comfortable to carry for long distances. But in the cold, I don’t even need it! I simply throw my drinks (or sodas) on the snow.
4. Fewer Bugs
Few things irritate me more than biting flies and mosquitos. They can turn a fun backpacking trip into the seventh circle of backcountry hell. But in the winter, you don’t have to worry about it! Not to mention the weight savings on insect spray.
5. It Makes You Appreciate Home
The issue with winter camping is that if you’re unprepared, it can go from fantastic to dreadful in a matter of minutes. I once camped with a sleeping bag that I felt was “good enough.” Following a restless night of chattering teeth, I packed my belongings, returned home, had a hot shower, and purchased a new sleeping bag.
Use these winter camping methods to remain warm.
Why is winter camping fun?
The camping mania that we saw this summer has spread to the winter. Winter camping is not only a relaxing way to get into nature, but it also gives you easy access to activities like backcountry skiing or snowboarding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.
What did snow camping mean?
Cold weather camping is defined by the Boy Scouts as occurring when the temperature is below 50 degrees Fahrenheit and incorporates cold, wet, and/or windy circumstances. Many adventurers view permanent snow cover and/or ice as a critical aspect of winter camping, requiring cross-country skis or snowshoes to traverse the winter landscape.
Is camping in the cold good for you?
Winter camping allows you to breathe in cold, pure air. You may be able to burn a few extra calories as well as your body works to maintain its temperature. There’s less allergens in the air and you can reduce some inflammation the heat causes. If it’s very chilly, you don’t have to sleep in a tent.
Is it safe to camp in the winter?
But winter camping doesn’t have to be wet, miserable, or even too cold… if you prepare correctly. Winter camping gear, site preparation, and sufficient layering are all important factors in staying safe and having fun in the woods this winter.